Into Darkness. A Review…

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In a word: Awesome

Being a pretty big fan of SciFi/Fantasy etc., I have been looking forward to the latest installment of the Star Trek reboot.  I think they really nailed the casting for it and I enjoy the fresh take.  My work decided that tech would take the afternoon to go see it as a group.  Sweet!!

So,  the plot is roughly this..  Kirk and Spock are cruising through life with the Enterprise and things are good with Spock and Uhura doing their thing.  Kirk is doing his “no rules for me” schtick and we see them intervene on some savage world and expose the indigenous species to the modern world,  violating a Prime Directive while rescuing  Spock from a volcano.  Kirk loses his Captaincy and Spock is reassigned.  Then Pike saves Kirk’s career, sort of and makes him  the 1st officer on the Enterprise.  In comes Benedict Cumberbatch as a terrorist who blows up a seemingly innocuous data archive.  Cumberbatch then sees where the puck is going and then attacks the convened council of Starfleet‘s top brass,  Kirk included.  Pike dies,  which sets Kirk off,  not that he needed the motivation,  but it works.  Kirk plays hero and stops the attack.  Scotty has some magic and knows where BC got off to.  The home planet of the Klingons. Dun dun dun…

We then see Kirk ask for his ship and crew back to go get him..Admiral Marcus agrees and sends him with some fancy toys which he will use to destroy BC.  Insert moral dilemma, mysterious blonde hottie and off they go.  Kirk shows his conscience and decides to take BC into custody.  So much awesomeness ensues.  After almost single handedly taking out a Klingon patrol and being generally the baddest MFer around,  BC ends up surrendering quite easily to Kirk, Spock and Uhura when he finds out 72 fancy photon torpedoes are waiting to destroy him. We also see BC take a beating and a half from Kirk with no marks or injury to show for it.  Hmm.. He also knows the Enterprise is also stranded on the edge of the neutral zone.. he knows too much actually.  Oh, did I mention that Scotty resigned because he wouldn’t sign off on the fancy photon torpedoes Marcus gave Kirk to kill BC.  Anywho.. BC is on the Enterprise and reveals….***SPOILER****  That he is,  in fact,  Khan!  He is smarter, stronger, faster and generally better than everyone else.  Turns out Marcus pulled him and his crew,  of 72,  out of Cryostasis to help build the war machine that Marcus believes Starfleet needs to battle the Klingons. So,  Marcus shows up with one bad ass ship. A Dreadnought class starship which is built to fight.  They attempt to kill everyone and start the war..yada yada yada..  Kirk dies yada yada yada.. KHHHAAAAAANNNNNNN!!!! yada yada yada It works out in the end through some awesomesauce doused all over the Enterprise and Earth by the crew.

Bottom line,  the movie is totally worth the price of admission.  It’s 2 plus hours of total, epic, fun.  Congrats to the cast , crew and JJ for directing another sensational film.  And a special note about Benedict Cumberbatch.  He steals the movie and is fucking brilliant.  Just awesome.  Go see it. In IMAX if you can..

 

What is going on here with G.O.T? **Spoilers below**

So I get that translating the immense detail and depth of the Game of Thrones series to television will result in some changes to story lines, and characters…  But man did the tonights episode of GOT throw a monkey wrench into the series for anyone who has read the books.  What are they doing with Melisandre visiting Thor of Myr and taking Gendry?  What? And Sansa set to marry Loras instead of Wilas? What are they thinking?  I really hope they can catch this before it goes way off the rails..

That said, I am absolutely psyched for two for two of the three weddings I think we’ll see..  Joffrey’s and the Red Wedding.  I’m thinking one or both will be the season finale…